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Creating a Schoolwide Culture of Critique

A framework called six thinking hats helps students learn the essential skill of giving and receiving feedback.

July 10, 2020

The six thinking hats framework used at Dayton Regional STEM School was developed by Edward de Bono.

Schools That Work

Dayton Regional STEM School

Public, Suburban
Grades 6-12
Kettering, OH

Editor’s Note: Edutopia received feedback from our community about the black hat shown in the video. It was our intention to share a helpful classroom practice, and we regret that we didn’t realize that the content might be considered racially insensitive. The school featured in the video reached out to us independently and will evolve the practice as a result of the feedback.

The symbolism of the black hat is harmful and must change; we are grateful to the people who pointed it out. We sincerely hope the core ideas can be adapted by those who find it useful as a way to scaffold student feedback.

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